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Department of English

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Careers and the English Major

English majors hone the writing, reading, speaking, and critical thinking skills that are essential for life beyond the university.  Though the English major does not provide a single career path, graduates with English degrees have the flexibility to compete in a rapidly-changing economy and to adapt to working with emerging technologies and new media.  With an English major, students can pursue nearly any kind of graduate study, and our graduates have earned advanced degrees in law, medicine, library science, counseling, business, teaching, journalism, and many other fields.

English Professional Seminar 

ENGL 4999 is a one-credit free elective course offered each fall.  In this course, students explore career and graduate school options; prepare resumes, cover letters, writing samples, and their senior portfolios; and reflect on the skills they've developed as English majors.

The Career Center

A part of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, The Career Center assists students and alumni in planning for life after graduation. The Center provides career counseling, workshops, programs, and professional development for all ECU students.  Counselors in the career center help students to locate opportunities, use databases, prepare cover letter and resumes, and identify promising careers. You can make an appointment with the career counselor who works with English majors, Jessie Langley, by calling 252-328-6050. The Career Center is located at 701 E. Fifth St.  You can also view a Powerpoint presentation on Career Center resources for English majors.


English 4890 & 4891: Practicum: Careers in Writing

These for-credit internships provide students with numerous benefits, including:  

  • Assistance with placement.
  • Opportunities to work with professionals on communication projects.
  • Occasions for observing, analyzing, and commenting on work experiences.
  • Strategies for understanding the roles and responsibilities of communicators in the workplace.
  • Valuable resume experience.

A student can earn 6 semester hours (s.h.) towards the major or minor by completing both ENGL 4890 and ENGL 4891, but most undergraduates complete only 3 s.h. ENGL 4890 and ENGL 4891 are available as web-based campus courses. Each course is 3 s.h., and includes 140 hours of on-the-job work with a significant writing component. Courses may not be repeated. 

Students interested in internship opportunities should contact Dr. Brent Henze, Internship Coordinator.